Throwback Thursday: The Mountain’s Call by Caitlin Brennan

The Mountain's Call (White Magic, #1)

Published in 2006 by Luna

This was my second read through, but I had originally read it a couple years after its original release (back in 2008) when I was part of Luna’s mailing program.  It was also around the same time that I was reading Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar books.  Both series feature magical white horses that have more sense than humans.  They also both feature gender inequality and bullying issues.  Caitlin Brennan presents an intriguing tale about a girl who just wants to follow her destiny, but the patriarchy of society wants her to either die or do what females have always done.  I liked the social commentary on both bullies and gender inequality, but there didn’t seem to be much of a reason besides tradition as the heir to the throne was female.  There was also graphic rape and sex scenes, which did fit the story but I found it disconcerting that they were graphically described multiple times.  In the end, the story was well-told and certainly fun to read.

The physical book is out of print, but the ebook is still available and is relatively cheap, so you should definitely check out this trilogy.

What the publisher has to say:

Tales are told of the mysterious, powerful Mountain where the gods — powerful beings in the form of white horses — live. But Valeria knows no woman has ever been called to the Mountain. Until she feels a strange pull and answers the call — as a boy…

When her secret is discovered Valeria loses all that she’s won. Her anger and frustration with the Empire might be enough to give the barbarians a way into the Mountain. And so the Empire now depends on the will, the strength and the loyalty of one Rider. A Rider who has been rejected by all but the gods…

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